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were destroyed. linda pollack is grateful she has a house to come home to, but she said it was pretty smoky inside. >> we're not going to stay. we're going to get some clothes and go back to our friend's house. >> reporter: frank is also relieved his home survived the fire and the experience has motivated him to be better prepared. >> all those things they tell to you do, 100 feet of clearance, no firewood stacked against the side of your house. >> reporter: projects he plans to start working on right away. it's 4:30 and we do want to check in one more time with mike nicco because, mike, the weather is certainly playing such a factor these days for everyone. i'm working on the rain totals. let's look at what's going on the next 12 hours as we look from emeryville back to san francisco. lingering clouds but no steady rainfall. in fact, breezy and mostly cloudy through 7:00. temperatures around the low to mid-50s. there will be isolated areas
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that will hit the upper 40s. by noon we'll see sunshine and a few high clouds. definitely a chill in the air. 57 to 62 degrees. we'll see an increase in high clouds and some autumn breezes that will keep our temperatures below average. look at that, at the coast 57. inland he bay, 63. if you're heading out this evening they will start off breezy. so grab a coat. those mid to upper 50s, 53 to 57, will feel cooler than that. we have a one and done of this autumn weather. we'll talk about some warm temperatures, possibly some 90s coming up in my accuweather seven-day forecast. here is alexis with an update. taking a live look outside at our walnut creek camera here. you can see the sheen on the pavement, so you could have some of the mist and spray from the roadway kicking up and have to flip the wipers on. no issues southbound 680. we've had a lot of crashes overnight. we had a pretty serious crash that happened about 1:00 this morning on westbound 580 east of hopyard right at the dublin/pleasanton b.a.r.t.
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station. one of the drivers was transported with major injuries. the roadway is open but we are concerned about the b.a.r.t. impact. one of the vehicles went through a fence and then went into part of the b.a.r.t. station right near the tracks. we do have >> reporter: they're saying there is not going to be an impact to the commute because it happened early and they were able to end up clearing the tracks. you can see it's not raining but the roads here are still wet along 580, and that's what may have contributed to the crash. just after 1:00 this morning a tow truck driver traveling here near hopyard crashed into the center concrete barrier and a fence at around 1:00. and you can see the truck all smashed up. it even made a hole in the fence. debris from the barrier and the fence landed onto the b.a.r.t. tracks.
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caltrans and b.a.r.t. crews were called to the scene and power was shut down. they were able to clear that debris away. they were single tracking for a while and now they're saying it should not be an impact on the commute. the driver, though, of the tow truck was taken to the hospital. his injuries are unknown but the chp tells us that it's just a good reminder when you have these slick roads here, the first rain of the season, people aren't used to it, just make sure you slow down because, again, still not dry. reporting live from dublin, janine de la vega. fire crews making steady progress on those north bay fires. the sulfur fire is 96% contained. the nuns fire in napa and sonoma is 94% containd.
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three of the hardest hit neighborhoods will reopen to residents of coffey park, journey's end mobile home park. there's virtually nothing left but this will be the first chance for those residents to see their homes for the first time and try to recover any personal property. school administrators are work to go give families a sense of normalcy. >> schaefer is still standing. located amid the charred ruins with hundreds of homes destroyed all around them. the plan is to clean up the schools and reopen october 30th. >> i imagine we'll be excited and happy and then we'll have those moments where the feelings come up and they're able to express those feelings they may not be able to express because they're still in shock.
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>> kits and backpacks with new school supplies are being prepared for students who have lost everything. a public battle between the acting director of the u.s. customs and enfornsment agency. an unverified report that an undocumented immigrant had set the devastating wildfire in sonoma valley. the man is currently in custody facing unrelated arson charges. the sheriff's office says, quote, it's highly unlikely he's to blame for the disastrous fires. i.c.e. release this had statement reading, quote, once again a noncooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventible crimes. the sheriff said, in part, i.c.e. attacked the sheriff's office in the midst of the largest natural disaster this county has ever experienced. i.c.e.'s misleading statement
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stirs fear in some of our community members who are already exhausted and scared. >> and disturbing allegations coming out of the north bay fire zone involving fema aid and identity theft. 7 on your side michael finney spoke to a resident who tried to get aid for her veterinary practice destroyed by wildfire. dr. lamar says she was speechless when fema told her someone had already used her social security number to apply. >> really on top of everything else i'm sure that nobody needs that ever but in this situation it's even more devastating. >> and she's not the only one who is facing this issue. >> across the united states over 4 million people who registered for help. we're trying to fix it as we speak. >> fema says no money will be going to the scammers. any aid given is deposited into
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a registered survivor's bank account. you can bring your issues directly to 7 on your side's michael finney. he's been in the north bay this week answering questions about the fire. today at the clear lake senior community center from 11:00 to 7:00 p.m. s sunnyvale police need you help to find a missing at-risk man. 59-year-old robert perez walked away from an assisted living center last night. take a close look at him here. perez suffers from dementia and has other mental health issues. he is 6 feet tall, thin, wears glasses, and is bald and has a gray beard. perez was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue pants. if you have seen him call sunnyvale police. developing news where police are looking for a carjacker who ran over and killed the vehicle's owner. the victim identified as 46-year-old james you can see where this happened on via del sol.
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sheriff's deputies tell us when he got back to his car the suspect was in the driver's seat. the suspect threw him to the ground and then ran over him. he leaves behind a wife and two children. park service is dropping its fight to restrict dogs from the golden gate national recreation area. the decision comes after a lawsuit uncovered irregularities in the decision making process. the rules would have required dogs to be on a leash in marin, san francisco and san mateo counties. park officials wanted to protect native plants and wildlife, but opponents lobbied successfully for their dogs to run off leash. new developments and an oops in san francisco. recreation and parks commissioners thought they had voted 4-3 to remain justin herman plaza but found out they have to do this again because one of the commissioners in favor of renaming left the meeting early and wasn't present for the actual vote even though he was recorded as saying yes.
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the city attorney's office said that legally the vote is now 3-3, so recreation and parks will take another vote on the proposal at its november meeting. repair costs at the damaged oroville dam have skyrocketed to $5 million, nearly double the estimate of $275 million. the contractor says the project has required significantly more excavation and concrete than expected. tens of thousands of people living near the dam were evacuated back in february after the main and emergency spillways were both heavily damaged during storms. check out this gorgeous picture from san rafael this morning. temperature 53 degrees under a partly cloudy sky. look at our air quality. it is good everywhere and it is going to be good to moderate later. the string of spare the air alerts over for now. let's take a look at your
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24-hour temperature change. most of us just a little bit cooler. the biggest drop novato at 7. in the low to mid-50s everywhere with danville and blackhawk the coolest. lafayette at 50. we have 56, the warm spot, in concord a. look at some of the slickness you'll encounter. this happens to be the golden gate bridge. a little bit after crosswind of about 14 miles per hour. your roads will be wet through the morning commute especially the earlier you're out there. a few puddles. mass transit cool to mild. breezy at times on the water but no wind advisory there. no small craft advisory. we still have a sierra snow event. winter weather advisory until 11:00 this morning. snow level down to about 5,000 feet. wind gusts at 65. so let's find out if you need any chains if you're heading up that way. here is alexis. you sure do. we have a couple chain
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requirements. donner pass, chains are required between kingvale and donner, between silver lake and pickets junction. i know it's been a while. if you have four-wheel drive with snow towers you are exempt. everyone else, you will have to chain up. things are starting to look a little bit different weatherwise, at least for a couple days this morning. a quick check outside here state route 92. so the san mateo bridge, reports of one lane blocked right around the high rise. it does sound like that's a disabled vehicle so chp on the scene not seeing any major delays. we do have high win today, too. the bay bridge, benicia pass. a lot of trucks along that route if you're in one of the high-profile vehicles you want to slow down and take it easy this morning. a look at drive times up next. thanks, alexis. the plot thickens on president trump's comments on the fallen soldier we've been talking about this week. how the chief of staff is now involved in this war of words. and another oscar winner is weighing in on the harvey
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weinstein scandal. the promise she made to herself following her encounter with the hollywood heavyweight. and a new target store is coming to san francisco. we'll have
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good morning and welcome back. yeah, taking a live look outside at our richmond/san rafael bridge camera. puddles on the roadway. wet pavement for the first time
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in a long time and quite a few crashes to go along with that as well. i'll have details in a few minutes. it is 4:45. the controversy continues over president trump's alleged comments to the widow of a fallen soldier. president trump's chief of staff is opening up about the loss of his own son in afghanistan and how he advised the president to handle these emotional calls to a fallen service member's loved ones. >> reporter: good morning. it was a surprise visit. general john kelly hoping to end the controversy that has consumed the white house all week. not from chief of staff john kelly but gold star father and retired general john kelly. >> there's no perfect way to make that phone call. >> reporter: kelly lost his own son when he stepped on a land mine in afghanistan in 2010, something he doesn't talk about often. >> my son's case in afghanistan, when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth.
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his friends. that's what the president tried to say to four families. >> reporter: kelly, frustrated and broken hearted over the politicalization. >> it stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation. >> reporter: the president just hours later hitting congresswoman frederica wilson for being on the call secretly and gave a total lie on content. what the president and kelly didn't address wilson's relationship with the family that goes back decades according to "the washington post." wilson now saying she's done talking about it. seemingly lost in the uproar, the four soldiers who died including sergeant la david johnson. johnson. 12 years a to accuse harvey weinstein in inappropriate misconduct, how
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weinstein made several advances at her over a period of time and in one instance wanted her to give him a massage in his bedroom telling her if she wanted to be an actress she had to be willing to do that sort of thing. weinstein eventually apologized for his behavior. nyongo wrote, i said thank you and left it at that. but i made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with harvey weinstein. southwest promoting its first unmanned flight. an all-female crew from the flight attendants to the pilots. so not unmanned in the sense of no one is at the helm, not autonomous, it's just there's no men. the airline tweet this had photo c collage. according to the nonprofit women in aviation only 6.7% of pilots are female. i love it. go, girls. >> go, ladies.
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it appears target wants a open another new store in san francisco. the retail giant has filed an application with the planning department to open a store on folsom and 13th street, the site of the former sports authority store which has been empty since last year. target currently has five stores in san francisco. this new store would include a cvs drugstore and a starbucks. maybe you need a ride to get to that target, a sneak peek of apple's project. >> notice the unusual looking roof. we're told the reason is likely due to the majority of the car's equipment being on the ceiling as opposed in the trunk like in many other self-driving vehicles. the man who shot the video works for a company developing self-driving taxis. >> it looks like a space ship. >> yeah. well, a lot of those self-driving cars do. uber did, also. >> the idea of self-driving cars is still a little alien to me.
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>> you're not onboard? good morning, mike. some mornings with that 35-mile commute, may not be a bad idea. >> just sit back, relax. >> take a nap. >> most of the time, no, leave the driving to me. i would rather have the driving in my own hands sometimes. widening it out to give you the scope of this storm system stretching from vancouver all the way down to big sur right now and the cool air behind it. we do have showers that will roll through lake and mendocino counties over the next four to five hours or so. so through the morning commute, periods of some light rain there and some mountain snow above 4,000 feet. here's a look at the richmond side, sure enough you can see that 0.17 of an inch of rain left a few partly cloudy and breezy. a lot of us may be turning on the heater for the first time tonight. in the extended summer heat next
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week. almost air conditioning weather. a look at today. 59 in half moon bay. 61 in san francisco. the rest of us 63 to 67 degrees. tonight look at all those 40s out there. in fact, the only place we won't is san francisco and san mateo. upper 30s in our deepest north bay valleys. take a look at my accuweather seven-day forecast. we have a roller coaster of a ride. 50s and 60s today. 60s and 70s tomorrow with lighter winds. more sunshine, passing high cloud here and there. a lot of sunshine sunday. 80 at the coast. 74 around the bay. now look at those temperatures. next week some 90s inland, tuesday and wednesday. low to mid-80s around the bay and mid-70s at the coast. thinking about going to the coast, still have some hazards there. take a look at that and the 49ers forecast up next. hi, alexis. taking a look at the roads this morning, we did have about a dozen spinout crashes overnight. a couple roll over crashes, too.
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we do still have wet pavement but it's start to go dry out. we do have high-wind advisories in a few places including the altamont pass. that is slowing you down here on westbound 580 out of the tracy area. i did just double-check. no incidents reported. a lot of trucks use that route. i imagine they're slowing down and driving conditions. we are friday light. southbound 680 dublin to mission boulevard also in the green at 16 and no issues in the south bay so far. northbound 85 looks great. in the green at 15 minutes. alexis, thank you. does steph curry have a side gig? the reason his wife is calling this a bucket list moment. first this morning's "tech bites." in today's "tech bites" those free news articles on facebook may soon cost you. >> facebook is teaming up with publishers including the "boston globe," the economit, and "the washington post" to test a new subscription model. >> the test will only be done on
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facebook's android app. it can't reach a deal so far with apple. a new study finds kids under 9 years old are spending ten times longer watching their screens than they did six years ago. >> it turns out those child smart watches that allow parents to keep track of their kids are full of security holes. researchers say many models are vulnerable to hackers. take a look at ceo of amazon jeff bezos 300 feet aboveground smashing a bottle of champagne to open a new wind farm. >> amazon says it will add 1 million megawatt hours of cl
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that is the sound of a new rocket engine being tested by nasa in mississippi. ths engine is designed to work with the spacecraft orion. before that the engine will power orion on a test mission thousands of miles beyond the moon over the course of about a three-week period. orion will return to earth and splash down in the pacific. let's talk about what's going on out at the coast. some dangerous surf out there and as you can see it's 15 to 17 feet. this will continue through 6:00 today. you need to be careful if you're going out there. winds up to 25 feet. can't guarantee a win from the
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niners but a close game since they've lost the most close games ever. about 78 degrees at 4:05. alexis? we've been talking about the wet pavement out there this morning and you do want to slow down and drive for conditions. no major issues right now. a live look at golden gate bridge. a little bit of that sheen left on the pavement. you may have to flip those wipers on a couple times f. you're planning on using mass transit, b.a.r.t.'s 33 trains in service, no delays so far today. the san francisco bay ferry, maybe a little breezy out on the bay. it seems there is nothing the currys can't do. a new still added to the resume. ♪
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>> bethany shared this on stage wednesday night. wednesday night. they joined the closing song. so i've seen them rap. now they're singing. >> now a mobile app. they're like a better coordin e coordinated pinky in the brain. >> and i'm fine with it. i'm totally fine with it. next at 5:00 a.m. in the north bay as fire victims are being allowed to return to the neighborhood today. and very serious allegations, that's what one east bay is saying following the arrest of two students. arrest of two students. what they were accused of doing.
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and good morning. i was just concentrating on mike singing "blame it on the rain" and it had my whole mind's attention. >> i would rather you sing it and me lip-synch it while you sing it. >> you can plablame it on the r but the rain don't mind and the rain don't care. >> let's take a look at it. let it rain, let it rain. about 0.2 of an inch of rain. it did come down in light to moderate speeds. you can see the

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